'Exploit Islam's hatred of Christianity'

Online campaign spreads rumor on Afghan president.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
August 12, 2010 18:10
Web trolling campaign

Karzai rumor campaign 311. (photo credit: Screenshot)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

A new web trolling campaign to spread the rumor that Afghan President Hamid Karzai has converted to Christianity was sweeping the internet on Thursday, calling on people to "exploit Islam's hatred of all things Christian." Web trolling involves posting inflammatory statements online to provoke reactions.

Running with the title "Operation: Desert Troll," the call to action urged readers to use tools such as blogs, twitter, reddit to spread the message. Internet users were also asked to search the term "Hamid Karzai converts to Christianity" to further circulate the rumor.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


RELATED:
Mideast Internet users highly educated

A Google search on Thursday afternoon showed that the push had already begun to yield results.

"The intended result," the message stressed, is to "create further destabilization in a country that is already a byword for Islamic turmoil."

The campaign was apparently circulated by Web site 4chan and Internet meme 'Anonymous.'

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

[illustrative photo]
September 24, 2011
Diabetes may significantly increase risk of dementia

By UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN HEALTH SYSTEM